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Coach says Jose Aldo suffered leg injury prior to UFC 212 fight with Max Holloway

Jose Aldo wasn’t injury-free ahead of his UFC 212 title unification bout with Max Holloway.

“Scarface” met the Hawaiian talent on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lost via third-round TKO. Right after the defeat, Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras explained that his fighter didn’t throw many leg kicks because Holloway would counter with punches.

Ten days after the fight, “Dede” revealed that, in fact, Aldo had a leg injury that limited his training before UFC 212.

“Every fight the athlete enters he has some kind of injury, and Aldo is no different, he has his,” Pederneiras told Fox Fight Club. “Many people asked why he didn’t kicked. Aldo has a leg injury, so he couldn’t throw kicks or run during his entire camp.

“That doesn’t take anything away from Max Holloway’s win, we don’t want to say that,” he continued. “It was even funny because we would go back (outside the Octagon) between rounds the crowd said ‘tell him to kick,’ but we, the cornermen, were the only aware of it. We avoided the kicks because of this injury. We were afraid it would strain his muscle.”

Aldo only threw one leg kick during the fight, and Holloway countered. The Brazilian’s strategy was to use his hands, and even hurt his opponent once in the opening round.

“He spent his entire camp working on his boxing and his takedown, his ground game,” Pederneiras said. “Since Aldo felt well standing in the first rounds, he decided not to go for takedowns, but (Holloway’s) punch landed and everything changed.

“We could train his kicks a bit in the last week, but we didn’t force it too much. We believed that, the way he was going (in training), he would be able to win with his boxing. And that was happening.”

According to Pederneiras, the UFC is also aware of a neck injury that Aldo has, explaining why he doesn’t accepts fights with less than three months’ notice. The Nova Uniao coach said the UFC is currently choosing his next opponent, and expects to get another crack at the belt with a win.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov hospitalized prior to UFC 209 weigh ins

Uh oh…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is on egg shells regarding its UFC 209 co-main event after No. 1-ranked lightweight contender, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was hospitalized during his cut to the 155-pound limit.

As a result, his five-round interim title fight against fellow top contender Tony Ferguson, scheduled for tomorrow night (March 4, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, is in jeopardy.

Bloody Elbow confirmed an original report from Russian news outlet Izvestia; however, Ariel Helwani notes the hospitalization was unrelated to the actual weight-cutting process.

This is undoubtedly a major setback for the undefeated “Eagle,” who was inching his way toward an eventual showdown with reigning division kingpin Conor McGregor. It should be noted that “El Cucuy” made weight without incident.

If “The Eagle” is unable to fly, Ferguson can opt to ride the pine — much like Woodley did when a similar scenario unfolded with Johny Hendricks — or stay busy against a top-ranked contender like Eddie Alvarez.

Expect more details on this still-developing story throughout the day. In the meantime, you can get complete UFC 209 weigh in results here.

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NYSAC: UFC did not object to referee assignment prior to UFC 208 main event

UFC president Dana White took issue with referee Todd Anderson, whom he deemed inexperienced, being assigned to the UFC 208 main event Saturday night.

The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) said Monday that the UFC knew “well in advance” that Anderson would be officiating the women’s featherweight title fight between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm beforehand and did not take action against it.

“The New York State Athletic Commission maintains a roster of highly qualified referees for assignment to bouts held in New York State,” the NYSAC told MMA Fighting in a statement through spokesperson Laz Benitez. “The Commission, as a matter of policy, shares a full list of referees and assignments with promoters well in advance of each card. This included sharing with the UFC that Mr. Anderson would referee Saturday’s main event. The UFC made no objection.

“The Commission strives for excellence, and will appropriately review any and all complaints lodged against any Commission licensee.”

There was controversy in the main event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center at the end of the second and third rounds. De Randamie appeared to strike Holm with punches following the bell in both rounds. Anderson seemed to be a bit late getting between the two women each time, which is important because the referee officially ends the round, not the bell.

Anderson did not warn de Randamie about a foul the first time, but did after the second occurrence. Anderson did not take a point away despite the two potential fouls.

“I feel like the ref from New York shouldn’t be reffing a main event fight,” White said on the FS1 post-fight show. “They don’t have enough experience. He should not have been in there. But again, we don’t make those decisions. The commission does. That was a bad decision by them, and if that guy takes a point for hitting after the bell, it’s a draw. The only possible way this night could be any sh*ttier.

“Everybody was blowing me up on the phone, ‘what’s wrong with this ref?’ and ‘what’s wrong with this ref?’” White added. “What’s wrong with this ref is he doesn’t have big fight experience like that. None of these guys do in this state yet, and they should’ve had one of the experienced MMA refs in there reffing that main event.”

De Randamie ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision to become the first UFC women’s featherweight champion.

Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez told MMA Fighting that she could consider appealing the result of the fight.

“We’re definitely looking into our options,” Fresquez said. “We’re looking into the options we have with the commission. We don’t know the necessary process yet. … It’s definitely an avenue we’ll be exploring.”

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NAC Fines Nate Diaz $50K for Water Bottle-Throwing Incident Prior to UFC 202

Nate Diaz has been fined $ 50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his part in a bottle-throwing incident with opponent Conor McGregor at a press conference prior to their UFC 202 bout.
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Uriah Hall battles with the media prior to UFC Fight Night 99 – ‘I hate this bullsh*t’

Not every fighter is keen on discussing their professional and personal lives in front of the camera. I guess that’s what makes Conor McGregor such a special force when it comes to entertaining fans and media alike. But for other Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants, specifically Uriah Hall, who will challenge Gegard Mousasi later today (Sat., Nov. 19, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 99 from Belfast, Ireland, talking into a microphone is the worst job of all time.

“Unfortunately, the media is terrible at their job to boost your confidence,” said Hall during an interview with MMA Junkie earlier this week. “I just can’t wait to see the headline of this conversation and what it will be. But it’s a part of life. You fall down and you get back up. Unfortunately, my line of work is in the limelight. I’m on stage. I’m constantly being viewed, and as sad as it is, I’m one of those guys I would rather just show up and fight. I hate this bull(expletive). I’m just doing it so I won’t get fined, (like NFL player) Marshawn Lynch.”

Hall, 32, has lost two in a row since defeating Mousasi via knockout in their original meeting back at UFC Fight Night 75. With a lot at stake in the rematch, “Prime Time” would rather focus on other things than taking advantage of his UFC limelight.

“(If it were up to me) I would never talk to the media, ever,” added Hall. “I don’t care about money, man. For me, I care more about helping kids. When I’m off not training I’m help helping kids. The (expletive) that y’all mother(expletives) don’t see. The (expletive) that y’all don’t pay attention too. That’s the real stuff. That’s what I pay attention too. Money comes and goes. I’m not here forever. I’m trying to set a path for the next generation. That’s my passion. I can’t rely on money or materialistic things. That’s why I’m different.”

As aggressive as Hall is towards the media, the kid undoubtedly sports world-class talent inside of the cage. He’s been expected to breakout and contend for the middleweight strap for years, but always seems to encounter hiccups along the way. Another victory over a proven contender like Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 99 may be the one victory Hall needs to prove he belongs.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 99 fight card below, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, before the UFC Fight Pass main card start time at 3 p.m. ET.

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C.B. Dollaway exploring legal action following elevator accident prior to UFC 203

The UFC 203 saga continues for C.B. Dollaway.

According to Dollaway’s manager, Dave Martin, the light heavyweight has a wedged disc in his neck and a compressed disc in his lower back as a result of the elevator accident he was in the day before UFC 203 in Cleveland earlier this month. Dollaway’s doctors in Sioux Falls, S.D. have advised against surgery and he has already begun a rehab program back home in Phoenix.

Martin said he is exploring legal action.

“Somebody is going to answer for this,” he said. “I’ll tell you that much.”

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty Wyndham Hotel elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the UFC 203 weigh-ins on Sept. 9. He was the only one to have suffered an injury and was forced to suddenly withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso after already weighing in.

A hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident by MMAFighting.com, and Martin has had similar luck when trying to understand how this happened.

“I still don’t have incident report,” he said.

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C.B. Dollaway yet to leave Ohio after suffering freak back injury prior to UFC 203

C.B. Dollaway’s UFC 203 nightmare isn’t over yet.

Dollaway, who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso the night before last week’s event in Cleveland after suffering a back injury in a freak elevator accident, has yet to leave Ohio because he’s in too much pain to fly, his manager Dave Martin confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Martin said Dollaway is still in “a significant amount pain” from the incident, which occurred last Friday following the weigh-ins. The light-heavyweight met with a back specialist on Thursday and took two X-rays: one for his back and one for his neck. He also had an MRI. Martin is expecting to get those results on Friday.

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the weigh-ins. He was the only one to have suffered an injury, though.

A Wyndham Hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident last Saturday.

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C.B. Dollaway yet to leave Ohio after suffering freak back injury prior to UFC 203

C.B. Dollaway’s UFC 203 nightmare isn’t over yet.

Dollaway, who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso the night before last week’s event in Cleveland after suffering a back injury in a freak elevator accident, has yet to leave Ohio because he’s in too much pain to fly, his manager Dave Martin confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Martin said Dollaway is still in “a significant amount pain” from the incident, which occurred last Friday following the weigh-ins. The light-heavyweight met with a back specialist on Thursday and took two X-rays: one for his back and one for his neck. He also had an MRI. Martin is expecting to get those results on Friday.

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the weigh-ins. He was the only one to have suffered an injury, though.

A Wyndham Hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident last Saturday.

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C.B. Dollaway yet to leave Ohio after suffering freak back injury prior to UFC 203

C.B. Dollaway’s UFC 203 nightmare isn’t over yet.

Dollaway, who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso the night before last week’s event in Cleveland after suffering a back injury in a freak elevator accident, has yet to leave Ohio because he’s in too much pain to fly, his manager Dave Martin confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Martin said Dollaway is still in “a significant amount pain” from the incident, which occurred last Friday following the weigh-ins. The light-heavyweight met with a back specialist on Thursday and took two X-rays: one for his back and one for his neck. He also had an MRI. Martin is expecting to get those results on Friday.

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the weigh-ins. He was the only one to have suffered an injury, though.

A Wyndham Hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident last Saturday.

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C.B. Dollaway yet to leave Ohio after suffering freak back injury prior to UFC 203

C.B. Dollaway’s UFC 203 nightmare isn’t over yet.

Dollaway, who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Francimar Barroso the night before last week’s event in Cleveland after suffering a back injury in a freak elevator accident, has yet to leave Ohio because he’s in too much pain to fly, his manager Dave Martin confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Martin said Dollaway is still in “a significant amount pain” from the incident, which occurred last Friday following the weigh-ins. The light-heavyweight met with a back specialist on Thursday and took two X-rays: one for his back and one for his neck. He also had an MRI. Martin is expecting to get those results on Friday.

Dollaway got stuck in the faulty elevator along with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the weigh-ins. He was the only one to have suffered an injury, though.

A Wyndham Hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident last Saturday.

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